May 2014 cruise booking..
16 April 2014
I have just accepted a late booking as guest speaker on a cruise called "Coastal Voyager" on board Saga Sapphire, 13th to 19th May this year. It's a non-stop journey around Britain, Dover to Dover, a total of some 1,547 nautical miles, which should be great fun. A fellow speaker on board is Peter Holden, ex of the RSPB, and there will be a team on board also from ORCA, the whalewatching charity, so there should be great craik on deck as we enjoy the coastal scenery and search for seabirds and cetaceans. I've update my Cruise Bookings page with the full details.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises..
21 February 2014
We are excited to have been appointed as speakers on four amazing trips by the American company Regent Seven Seas Cruises in the second half of 2015. Michael will lead as 'Enhancement Speaker', with Sue offering additional talks on marine life. One trip is up to the Arctic, including a first visited to Arctic Russia for us, and the other three are down and round the coast of Africa then across to Rio via St Helena (full details are on the Cruise Bookings page).
The cruise ships involved are stunningly appointed and the package the company offers is excellent (complete with a superb range of shore excursions, most of which are included within the cruise fare). We look forward to making many new friends on these trips - and hope we might catch up with some old friends too!
Another 2015 cruise confirmed..
06 February 2014
It is always nice to cruise around the Norwegian fjords, and we always enjoy working for Voyages of Discovery on board "Voyager", one of our favourite ships, so it is nice to bring the two together for a cruise to the Southern Fjords, sailing from the 15th - 25th May 2015, starting and ending in Harwick. The ports of call are Bergen, Olden, Ålesund, Flåm, Oslo, and Kristiansand. It should be a lovely time of year in the fjords. That will be our second cruise of the year on "Voyager", after the sell-out Cape to Canaries cruise from 30th January to 20th February.
Michael's new book commission..
06 January 2014
Michael is delighted to have signed a contract to write the book he has long wanted to write on (British) Mountain Flowers for the exciting and dynamic new British Wildlife Collection. The writing is now well underway for a publication date around spring 2015.
An inaugural voyage in 2015..
06 January 2014
We are delighted to have been booked to work on the inaugural voyage of a brand new ship, Viking Star, for Viking Cruises in April 2015. "Empires of the Mediterranean" will take us from Istanbul to Venice in 10 days, via Kusadi (Ephesus), Piraeus (Athens), Thira (Santorini), Kotor (Montenegro) and Dubrovnik and Pula (Croatia). As usual, full details are on our cruise bookings page here.
Summer 2014 cruises..
17 October 2013
We have just accepted bookings for three very nice short cruises from Scotland, on board our old friend Discovery, but under the new management of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, with whom we have very much enjoyed working in the past. The first is ICELAND AND THE NORTHERN ISLES (D411; 11th-21st July), sailing from Greenock, with stops in the Faroe Isles, Eskifjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur and Reykjavik in Iceland, Heimaey on the Westmann Islands and Kirkwall in Orkney before returning to Leith. Then there's NORTH CAPE & LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN (D413; 2nd-12th August), sailing from Leith, with stops at Hellesylt, Gravdal on the Lofoten Islands, Hammerfest, Honningsvag, Tromso and Alesund in Norway – a cruise we always enjoy. Finally there's a short trip to MAJESTIC FJORDLAND (D414; 12th-19th August), also from Leith, with visits to Andalsnes, Olden, Flam and Eidfjord in Norway to see the very best of the fjords. There's more information on my Cruise Bookings page here.
Cruise bookings 2014-15 UPDATED..
06 September 2013
In addition to the GRAND VOYAGE ACROSS THE ERYTHRAEAN SEA (19th November to 19th December 2013 on Voyager – see below), we have now booked to work on a leg of the World Cruise by Black Watch for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. We will be on board from Cairns on 20th March 2014 to Singapore on 3rd April 2014, via Rabaul and Madang in Papua New Guinea, Kota Kinabalu in Borneo and Muara, Brunei. It promises to be an amazing adventure. Full details are on our "Cruise Bookings" page. We also have confirmation now of another cruise on Voyager for Voyages of Discovery – "From the Cape to the Canaries" in January–February 2015, including stops at St Helena, Ascension and Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. It will be an amazing cruise, and again full details are on our Cruise Bookings page.